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Southwest Kansas, however, was still a part of Spain, Mexico, and the Republic of Texas until the conclusion of the Mexican–American War in 1848, when these lands were ceded to the United States.
After the Civil War, the population of Kansas grew rapidly when waves of immigrants turned the prairie into farmland.Dodge City was another wild cowboy town, and both Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp worked as lawmen in the town.In one year alone, eight million head of cattle from Texas boarded trains in Dodge City bound for the East, earning Dodge the nickname "Queen of the Cowtowns." In response to demands of Methodists and other evangelical Protestants, in 1881 Kansas became the first U. state to adopt a constitutional amendment prohibiting all alcoholic beverages, which was only repealed in 1948.Kansas Territory stretched all the way to the Continental Divide and included the sites of present-day Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo.Missouri and Arkansas sent settlers into Kansas all along its eastern border.
In 1827, Fort Leavenworth became the first permanent settlement of white Americans in the future state.